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S.A. Athletics Head Urged to Return after Semenya Flap


South Africa's top athletics organization has urged its former leader to rejoin its ranks after he quit when the row over track athlete Caster Semenya's gender emerged.

"The council of Athletics South Africa has instructed him to go back," ASA spokesman Molatelo Malehopo told Bloomberg News on Monday. "I don't think he's got a choice. He hasn't said no."

Leonard Chuene resigned from the International Association of Athletics Federation to protest the gender testing on 18-year-old track phenom Semenya. The IAAF requested the tests after she won the world championships in the 800-meter race, clocking the fastest time in the world this year.

While some results have been leaked revealing that Semenya lacks a uterus and ovaries, the official results of the test will not be released until after the organization's next meeting on November 20-21.

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